Just Say NO to Internet.Org

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FILE - In this Thursday, March 7, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook wants to get more of the world's more than 7 billion people online through a partnership with some of the world’s largest mobile technology companies. Facebook Inc. announced a partnership called Internet.org on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

In 2015 the inventor of our World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, asked us to just say “no” to the rising Internet.org.

Tim attacks the Facebook initiative Free Basics, which is now formerly internet.org. Our English scientist Tim Berners-Lee has also been widely known as the inventor of the common commodity the World Wide Web. He goes on stating that consumers should just simply say no to such initiatives like Internet.org.

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Facebook is aiming to provide a limited set of websites, and even applications that are 100%  free of charge to those in developing countries. However, Tim says that if something is being offered in the name of the Internet that is not the full Internet, then it is not really free and/or public.

Tim gave The Guardian an interview, saying that people who are in prominent positions, should say no when offered by Facebook’s new service. When speaking about the importance of our privacy, and the dangers of government snooping around every corner, Tim also added that the initiative was not even Internet, and there are no other ways of being able to reduce the price of its access.

According to some of the reports made by The Guardian, Tim and the Web We Want festival have come together to produce a new Magna Carta for the 21st century upon the 800th anniversary of its original signing. The Web We Want campaign is now promoting five key principles for the future of the web. This includes our online freedom of expression as well as offline, and provides protection of user data as well as privacy. This will also be affordable Internet access, net neutrality, and a decentralized open infrastructure.

The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has come onto the field in defense of the program, following a walkout of many of the publisher partners from India, saying that it does not block or throttle services, and the service offered is not in conflict with net neutrality.

India is not a formally formed stance upon net neutrality, this can in fact be a milestone for major companies such as Airtel, who aids in the future of “Break the Internet.” This provides people with products such as WhatsApp, YouTube, and email packs, without allowing the people to freely use the data in which they have paid for.

After the launch from 2014, the program has had more than a dozen mobile operators that are currently on board. Stretching across 17 countries, it provides basic internet services without any data charges to over 1 billion people.


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